Book 5: The Bridesmaids - The Bridesmaid Wore White

Tara Bonander’s life is always derailing, but never like this. In the past 24 hours, she’s lost her job, her New York apartment, and her fiancé. Now, when her life is at an all time low, she’s due to spend the weekend as a lonely bachelorette bridesmaid with her newly engaged sister Scarlet. She’ll do anything to find a date.

Celebrity photographer Bill Blakely needs a big payday, the kind that a photo of the Runaway Bride would net him. But his only lead on the wedding is the bride’s cousin, Tara Bonander, who occasionally has drinks at a bar in his neighborhood. When Tara asks Bill over drinks to be her date for a weekend wedding, it’s a gift. She wants him to pretend to be her boyfriend. He wants to pretend he’s only in it for the money. Can one uptown heiress fall for a paparazzi from the gutter? Or will reality take down this fake romance along with the Runaway Bride’s wedding?

Excerpt:

Tara Kuhn Bonander’s life had derailed before, but never like this.

In the past twenty-four hours, she’d lost her job, her apartment, and her fiancé.

Granted, it was a reception job at a lower Manhattan legal firm. Granted, she’d been late paying her rent (again). And granted, Carter had never actually asked her to marry him.

But that job was entry level on her way to the accounting department. That apartment overlooked Central Park, if only from the bathroom window. And she and Carter had been dating off and on for four years. By rights–according to her father–he should have been her fiancé by now.

And now, when her life was at an all time low, she was due to spend the next three days as a bridesmaid at her cousin’s wedding. A dateless bridesmaid when her sister Scarlet just got engaged a few days ago.

Tara’s life couldn’t get much worse.

Severance check in the bank, possessions stored in the basement of her sister’s apartment building (the doorman knew her), and heart hardened, Tara claimed a counter position at the Corner Bar on Third and ordered a Diet Coke with a splash of rum. It was just the right amount of alcohol to dull the embarrassment of flipping through her contacts to find a wedding date. She had to get her life on track, but her immediate priority was finding a wedding “Plus One.”

The Story Behind the Story

Oddly enough, when I wrote Book 1 in this series, I thought I’d ended the romance happily with Tiff promising to marry Jackson several months after he’d hiked through Ecuador. Readers disagreed. I decided I needed to write more of the story leading up to the wedding, but I didn’t want to continue with Tiff and Jax’s romance.

So the series became the romances of Tiff’s bridesmaids. In this installment, we finally get to see Tiff and Jackson’s wedding (as I promised several readers - they do have a hea!). Of course, there are a few twists…

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Learn More About Tiffany’s Cousins in the Summer Bridesmaids Series here.

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